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Ka’bah – The Iconic Nucleus of the Hajj
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Ka’bah – The Iconic Nucleus of the Hajj
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

"There it stood, almost a perfect cube ... entirely covered with black brocade, a quiet island in the middle of the vast quadrangle of the mosque: much quieter than any other work of architecture anywhere in the world. ….. The builder knew that no beauty of architectural rhythm and no perfection of line, however great, could ever do justice to the idea of God: and so he confined himself to the simplest three-dimensional form imaginable—a cube of stone." It is a symbol, as Asad wrote, "of God's oneness; and the pilgrim's bodily movement around it is a symbolic expression of human activity, implying that not only our thoughts and feelings—all that is comprised in the term 'inner life'—but also our outward, active life, our doings and practical endeavours must have God as their centre."….

 
Salafis and Sufis Can Strike a Meeting Ground
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Salafis and Sufis Can Strike a Meeting Ground
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

Incidentally, Sufism has become a kind of New-Age amalgam of spiritual practices, even though its roots reach back to the earliest days of Islam. As the early Muslim conquerors took their faith to different lands, Sufism began to borrow from different traditions, including Greek and Hindu philosophy and Christian theology. Hence, many of the early Sufis believed that all faiths were equal. This is where Sufism went astray.The way forward that can provide a unifier effect to the Muslims would be that the Salafis soften their stance and the Sufis to  discipline their loose practices.

Clearly, this solemn occasion cannot be confined to only animal sacrifice. We must engage in all virtuous and harmonious acts based on kindness and sharing to achieve the noble objectives of Eid-ul-Adha. It is indeed ordained on Muslims to sacrifice Halal or permissible animals in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotional sacrifice to God and distribute them to the poor and the less fortunate. Some affluent Muslims go as far as donating money and several kilos of meat to feed the poor families in their country as well as abroad. However, the ritualistic animal sacrifice is not the core essence of this festival. Muslims may go for many other ways to emulate Ibrahim’s devotion to God during Eid-ul-Azha.....

Is our fate in the otherworld linked to following particular juristic school in a given case? Is animal sacrifice (Qurbani) mandatory for every individual who can afford it (Sahibi Istita'at)? Is the popular understanding of Qurbani (especially Hanafi one) based on certain reading of prophetic traditions uncontested in Islamic tradition?  No is the answer to all these questions....

Eid-ul-Adha at Bhopal 2014:  A Reflection
Syed Rizvi, New Age Islam
Eid-ul-Adha at Bhopal 2014: A Reflection
Syed Rizvi, New Age Islam

It is not a surprise that no Muslim leader or clergy condemned this action of the Muslims but it is deplorable that no lefts, liberals, or secularist said a word against this despicable behaviour of the main stream India’s Muslims....

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The way out of ignorance lies in the middle, in a synthesis of these poles. Is it possible Islam, the religion of 1.3 billion people, does contain its share of ultra-conservatives and militants? But could it also be many Muslims seek progressive, moderate leadership? I’ve had the privilege to know Muslims in Canada and around the world. In my personal life, and in work with the International Association of Religion Journalists, I’ve become colleagues and friends with Muslims in North America, Europe, Malaysia, Lebanon, South Africa, Algeria, Pakistan and elsewhere.....

The slander heaped on them, then, is its own metaphorical death, a kind of destruction just as tragic as the actual robbing of life. Pakistani society is a champion at this practice; there are many Asieh Aminis here, silenced, sometimes killed, all for the crime of raising a voice, demanding a more equal life....

 

When Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, his faith was so strong that he actually went ahead with it. Fortunately, a messenger of God interrupted him and Abraham ended up sacrificing a ram instead and, in the subsequent centuries, God was kind enough to continue the tradition of sacrificing animals instead of children. The second Eid brings with it perhaps the most contentious of 21st century practices, and one of the most misconstrued of religious traditions.....

 
An Old Woman’s Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
An Old Woman’s Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

“Who is it who has maltreated you in this way?” the Caliph asked. The old woman pointed to the person sitting next to the caliph. Mamun Rashid saw that it was his own son, Abbas that she was pointing at. He ordered his Vazir, i.e. his chief advisor, to take Abbas and stand him up next to the old woman. This order was carried out. Now the Caliph asked them both to state their cases....

Islam Calls for Individual Idealism, On The One Hand, And Social Pragmatism, On the Other
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Islam Calls for Individual Idealism, On The One Hand, And Social Pragmatism, On the Other
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The majority of the present Muslims have deviated from Islam. They have adopted a political goal, and a political goal always leads to violence and war. I can say that political rule is not the goal or target of Islam. But many present-day Muslims have adopted political rule as their target and they claim that this is an ‘Islamic’ mission and that their activities in this regard are a ‘jihad’. But I say that this is completely wrong. This claim of theirs has no sanction in the Quran and Hadith. It is an innovation—or what is called Biddah. All these activities in the name of jihad, in the name of ‘Islamic rule’, are wrongful innovations....

 
Haj: Pilgrimage of Heart
Kashif Shahzada
Haj: Pilgrimage of Heart
Kashif Shahzada

The Haj is indeed a life-changing experience when it is done as the Quran says “Lillah” or for Allah and no one else (3:97). Its motivation is the love of Allah; and it is a hardship undertaken only for His sake. The transformation takes place by self-imposed regulations for a fixed number of days and by experiencing some events which will all leave their mark on the pilgrim....

 

The two unstitched pieces of white cloth that men wear during the Hajj, strips them of clothes that could reveal worldly status. This Ihram that male pilgrims wear resembles the shroud used to wrap a body before it is lowered into a grave. This serves as reminder of death and the afterlife.....

 

Of late, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a strongly-worded fatwa declaring the Tablighi Jama’at "misguided" and the “preacher of perverted views". Deoband seminary has also urged the current chief of the Tablighi Jama’at, Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi to ‘repent in the court of God’. Accusing him of ‘an ideological perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic texts and desecration of Prophethood’, the fatwa pronounced by the Deoband clergy has stated: “It is our religious duty to warn Muslims particularly those with the Tablighi jam ‘at that Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi, the current chief of the Jama’at, is misinterpreting Quran and Hadith”. ....

The main reason behind incidents of terrorism being carried out by the Muslims, is the religious thoughts that are being taught in Madrasas and what are the teachings being delivered to them in their political movements. And there are four things that every Madrasa teaches and every religious thinker preaches, if not in front of you, but he certainly preaches it. And what are those four things, Listen, I will tell you....

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A feeling of citizenship can arise among Pakistanis only if all of them have identical rights and responsibilities. This requires several actions on part of the state including removal of laws that discriminate against religious minorities and promotion of pluralism....

 

Simply, designate the child so killed as an object of sacrifice, and close to the religious sacrifice external to the precinct of Hajj. What is more, honour the child as the martyr “Shaheed” for the politician’s imperatives! Thus many birds are killed with one stone. The politician gains a symbol for his cause, the child is elevated as Jannati entitled to enter paradise and the parents raised to the exalted position of – however very reluctantly and heartbroken though – to apostolic status of Ibrahim the Haneef, the apostle who willingly (almost) sacrificed his son and in whose name this festival is celebrated....

 
Eid-ul-Adha: Remembering Abraham’s Sacrifice
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Eid-ul-Adha: Remembering Abraham’s Sacrifice
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

Eid-ul-Adha isn’t just a time to reflect on sacrifices, but it is a time to reflect on the universality of the world’s religions. Sacrificing ourselves for others is what we all can learn from Abraham. Believers and nonbelievers alike can appreciate the human capacity to sacrifice one’s most prized possession for one’s beloved.....

 
Let’s Save Ourselves and Our Family from The Fire (1)
Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam
Let’s Save Ourselves and Our Family from The Fire (1)
Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

In Islamic scriptures (the Qur’an and the Sunnah), There are plenty of evidence on intrinsic supremacy of the Ramadan over all the other months of the Islamic calendar, and the same holds true for its last ten days (Asharah Akheerah) over its earlier two Asharas, as Laylatul Qadr, popularly known as The Night of Power falls on the odd nights (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th), of this Asharah, which is described batter then a thousand months, in the Holy Qur’an, Because in this night Qur’an was revealed to Prophet (PBUH), and the angels and the Spirit descend on earth. Since we all are observing the last Asharah of Ramadan, this Article will discuss what Allah (SWT) wants form us to fully observe it, in order to attain salvation from Hellfire.

We can take or not take their take on an issue but we can’t afford to be old selves after reading them. Encountering such philosophers is like encountering spiritual Masters who indelibly mark us. They open up our eyes and one begins to see another world. One learns to appreciate the other, the other point of view or other paths to truth....

So brothers if you’re planning to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad regarding marriage and polygamy, please consider all of the above, and if after reading that you’re still game, Masha Allah you’re a better man than me!....

 

Sustained cultural relevance to distinct peoples, diverse places, and different times underlay Islam’s long success as a global civilization.”  So the strength of Islam, the reason it has survived and thrived as a religion in the past 13 centuries comes from the fact that it accepts and is flexible enough to compliment believers of diverse backgrounds.....

If the troubles and disagreements over Al-Aqsa resurface, there is little doubt the movement will act to support their fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem in defence of a mosque that is holy to the entire Islamic world. If they do not, its members will feel that they have lost their raison d’etre....

 

The heart-wrenching picture of a Yemeni child drinking water from a leaked pipeline in the war-raged country has shamed humanity. The picture recently went viral on social media but failed to soften the heart of those who have orchestrated the Yemen civil war along sectarian lines, killing more than 10,000 civilians and wounding over 40,000 others....

Suddenly, a sceptical middle-aged Muslim man passed by, dressed in a business suit and carrying a clipboard, he certainly seemed in a hurry as he bluntly and anxiously asked: “what is this?” Upon giving him a pamphlet and explaining the event’s activities, he replied unabashedly: “this is a waste of time; none of these speakers are scientists or published authors in the New York Times best sellers!”...

The Muslim tradition however has no basis in their Faith system derived from the source Book the Quran, which they claim to be their guiding Book to submit to the ‘Will of God’. Because in there, the Creator of the Universe declares that:

22-37: Neither their flesh, nor their blood reaches God but to Him is acceptable only the observance of the duty on your part. Thus has He made them (animals) subservience to you that you may glorify God for guiding you to the right path. And give good news to those who do good to others....

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